Halloween is fast approaching and we bet you never thought your kid would run the risk of getting pot-shaped candy in their goody bag.
Candy shaped like marijuana that's showing up on store shelves around the country won't get kids high, but aghast city leaders in Buffalo, N.Y. and anti-drug activists say the product and grocers carrying it represent a new low.
"We're already dealing with a high amount of drug abuse and drug activity and trying to raise children so they don't think using illegal substances is acceptable," said City Councilmember Darius Pridgen . "So to have a licensed store sell candy to kids that depicts an illegal substance is just ignorant and irresponsible."
The "Pothead Ring Pots," ''Pothead Lollipops" and bagged candy are distributed to retail stores by the novelty supply company Kalan LP of the Philadelphia suburb of Lansdowne. It also wholesales online for $1 for a lollipop and $1.50 for a package of three rings.
Kalan LP is the maker of numerous novelty items like air fresheners, key chains, shot glasses, magnets, ashtrays, lighters, stickers, window decals and more that are oftentimes associated with adult themes such as bachelor and bachelorette parties and birthday gag gifts. Along with Potheads gummy candy and Ring Pots ring candy the company also sells Zombie Bites chewy candy, ring candy and lollipops.
Company president Andrew Kalan said the candy, on the market six to nine months and in 1,000 stores around the country, promotes the legalization of marijuana.
"It does pretty well," he said.
"This is the first complaint I've heard," Kalan said, "and people are usually not shy. I'm actually surprised this is the first."
Candy cigarettes and fruity or energy drink-infused alcoholic beverages have been criticized for targeting young people. And in 1997, the Federal Trade Commission said the iconic Joe Camel cigarette ads and packaging violated federal law because they appealed to kids under 18. The tobacco company, R.J. Reynolds, eventually shelved the caricature.
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(KHQA contributed to this Associated Press story by CAROLYN THOMPSON.)